Importing bulbs

Sat, 21 May 2016 19:16:44 PDT
>12 or less plant units when shipped to the US with a Phytosanitary certificate do not require an import Permit but must go to a USDA plant Inspection station before delivery to final destination. 

But “What Plant Material Requires A Permit?” specifically excludes bulbs (except those mentioned in the document, “Bulbs of Allium sativum , Crocosmia spp., Gladiolus spp. and Watsonia spp. from New Zealand; Cocos nucifera (coconut); and articles (except seeds) of Dianthus spp. from any country except Canada”) from the permit process.
“Under the nursery stock quarantine (7CFR319.37-3), the following restricted articles (other than articles for food, analytical, medicinal, or manufacturing purposes) in any of the following categories may be imported or offered for importation into the United States only after issuance of a written permit by Plant Protection and Quarantine:
Lots of 13 or more articles (other than seeds, bulbs, or sterile cultures of orchid plants) from any country or locality except Canada”

The wording is unambiguous. Lots of 13 or more bulbs do not require a written permit. 

Bob Nold
Denver, Colorado, USA

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